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Sites In The Holy Land Coin Series
JAFFA - 1989.
Few of the world's famous cities can boast a history as long and
colorful such as Jaffa. It is one of the oldest cities in the world
that has survived to this day. It made itself a name even before
Jerusalem 'did. An important sea-port of olden times, it served
as a strategic point for conquerors for thousands of years.
The reason is
clear if you look at the map: the region called Canaan, then Israel,
is located at the meeting point of three continents; Asia, Africa
and Europe. Every trade route or conquering mission in the ancient
world had to cross this land. And Jaffa had served as its most significant
port to the Mediterranean, the cradle of Western culture.
The name Jaffa
conjures of many images: the Bible tells of Jonah, the prophet who
fled from Jaffa to the sea and was swallowed by the whale. The ancient
Greek Mythology tells of Andromeda, the beautiful Ethiopian princess
who was chained to the rock emerging from the waters of Jaffa and
was saved by the wing-legged Perseus. The curriculum of the Crusaders
tell of its importance as the nearest port to Jerusalem. Even the
world-famous golden citrus fruit had gotten its name from this city.
In modern times,
Jaffa became the seed-bed of Israel's biggest city: Tel-Aviv. The
Jewish residents of Jaffa founded the new city of Tel-Aviv on its
northern dunes in 1909. After the re-establishment of the State
of Israel, the two cities became one, named Tel-Aviv-Yafo.
Today, Jaffa is
an old-new city alive with action. Its old quarter was restored to
make an artists' quarter. With its restaurants and art-galleries,
it is a center of entertainment and tourism.
of the Coin
Reverse: Outline of the Jaffa Port from the sea, the lighthouse
and its beams of light, sailing boat and houses typical of Jaffa.
The word "Jaffa -- ()".
brings this series of coins up to date. All of these issues have
been made available in three different size coins and two metals.
coin has twelve sides or sections, instead of the conventional
round coin shape, which makes the series unique amongst all others.
The profit and royalties paid to the State Treasury are earmarked
for the improvement of the landscape of Israel, the establishment
and preservation of natural parks and gardens, the excavation
of antiquities and for nature conservation in Israel.
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